NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 22 – 27

IMG_20171126_114350_812.jpgSo, uh, I wrote 6,197 words yesterday and two of them were “The End.”

finalBacking up a moment, I also wrote on the 22nd, 25 and 26th. I sometimes look at this spreadsheet and think: Golly, if I wrote like this straight through, I could finish in 21 days! But you gotta take days off, or I do, anyway.

I haven’t experienced a November without NaNoWriMo since I was 16 years old. I wonder what they’re like? I’m open to maybe… MAYBE taking next year off. I’ve never even been open to that before. November is a great month and sometimes I feel like it happens without me.

We’ll see how I feel next year!




50042 / 50000 words. 100% done!


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NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 17 – 21

I didn’t write on the 17th. I did other admin chores and Shaun and I had a date night. It was super.

I wrote 3,510 words on the 18th, a fair amount of it doing sprints with my friend Summer and the NaNoWordSprints twitter. I killed a character, I rarely ever do that!

I didn’t write on the 19th.

IMG_20171120_091640-01.jpgI wrote 2,404 words on the 20th, more sprints with Summer & NaNoWordSprints.

I wrote 2,333 words on the 21st. A lot of it was going back and adding scenes because I feel like I’m hurtling towards the end of my story and I still have about 14k words to go. I definitely left plenty of room earlier in the story for character building, though. I still have loads to work with.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

“You’ve made quite a mistake,” she said.

All told I have written 8,247 words since I last made a wordpress update.


36302 / 50000 words. 73% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 16


I wrote a lot yesterday. 2,922 words. It’s going okay. I accidentally killed off a character, which is rare for me. I hope I don’t regret it!

My typos are still outrageous. decied, esttates,  Pilomena, conicide, imput, arrnage, undertandable.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

“Of,” she blubbered, “course.”

I’ll probably be a bit more scarce here over the next week or so. Got to take care of some non-novelling things!



28055 / 50000 words. 56% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 15

Halfway there! I struggled to get started and I only wrote 1041 words yesterday, but I did pass 25k so I’m still on track!

IMG_20171115_072501.jpgI haven’t done the laundry once this month. NaNoWriMo traditions! I really need to do it, though. :\


The last sentence I wrote:

Alida placed hers on the vanity table.



25133 / 50000 words. 50% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 14


Once again, I really didn’t want to write, but then I did and I got 2,399 words. They were super full of typos, though, the most red-squiggly-lined writing sessions of the month.

Here are my favorite typos of the day: responisibilties, wildnerness, conincidence. They’re especially great if you say them aloud. The great thing about the coincidence typo is that I made it MULTIPLE TIMES. 

When Shaun got home we walked to our polling location and voted and got to come home at sunset, which was very satisfying.

The last sentence I wrote:

One of old Mr. Thwaite’s dear friends shot the creature.



24092 / 50000 words. 48% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 13


I basically went from “I guess I won’t be writing at all today!” to “Oh! I just wrote 2,824 words.”  It was a rough start. I’m having another rough start today, to the extent that writing this blog post feels like treading water. I don’t know what else to say. Things are hard and then they’re easier and then they’re hard again but I’m pretty sure they’ll be easier again, too.


I got my Vistaquest VQ1005 camera out. The way it makes the world look cheers me up.


The last sentence I wrote:

She wasn’t sure if she wanted the coziness of falling into a familiar book or the more riveting excitement of reading something for the first time.



21693 / 50000 words. 43% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 11 & 12

I didn’t write on Saturday.


Yesterday, we took care of some weekend chores and then I wrote a couple of half hours. The first one went really well, I got 1038 words, the second one, not quite as good with 825. It was very mindless writing. I’m definitely in the terrible week twos, which is really whatever week it is that takes me from 15k to 30k and then things get a little bit easier. I have a handful of scenes I want to have happen, but I don’t actually know everything that’s going on yet. I accidentally skipped a scene but I’m holding onto it, I’ll go back and write it at the end if I need the words and I’ve taken note of where it should go. This is The Slog and I just have to get through it.


The last sentence I wrote:

Her hands were shaking as she dropped the stockings on the floor.



18869 / 50000 words. 38% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 10


Yesterday I wrote just enough to keep a little bit of a lead. I did three sprints, a 15, a 20 and a 10 minute and got 1,653 words. I spent most of the day moving furniture and cleaning house to prepare for Christmas decorations.

The last sentence I wrote:

You can tell the feelings that they’re wrong until the cows come home, but then you’re left with feelings and cows.


17006 / 50000 words. 34% done!


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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 9

img_20171109_120408.jpgI actually got back on track yesterday! Having written 11 complete NaNoWriMo novels (After 4 failures, never give up!), I have gotten better at pushing through the slumps. I know the pattern of highs and lows and I know that if I just spend the lows describing furniture I will eventually find something that sparks another high. A lot of description wouldn’t make the final draft, but the process of describing a place gets you into the scene. It’s like doing research in your own imagination. I also know that even if I only write 600 words one day I’m completely capable of writing 3,950 another, and that’s what I did yesterday. ♥

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

She supposed she would get used to it, and more, spending her time with the two active little girls.

15353 / 50000 words. 31% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 8

(These are photos I took when I was working on my NaNoWriMo ten years ago! More little updates on that on my ten.years.ago instagram.)

I had a pretty successful writing day yesterday. I had my best sprint times with @NaNoWordSprints so far this year. My best times were 520 in a 15 minute sprint and 1082 in a 30. I’m basically having a lot of exposition right now that would normally be hinted at and alluded to, but I don’t know it all myself, so I have to let the characters tell me all in one go. It’s fun and fast to write, but probably not super fun to read.

My novel is definitely doing that thing, though, where a story is building and the characters know things I don’t know yet, they catch on to things that I had accidentally laid groundwork for. For boring example: There were really nice beauty products in the bathroom, and the main character was surprised by them, but now it has been revealed the the orphan twins’ mother owned a beauty company. It’s super subtle and boring but also magical when there ends up being a reason for some random scene that just happened because I knew I could get a lot of words describing nice toiletries.

At the end of the day, I got 2,113 words written. I’m still about that much behind, but I’m chipping away at it. I’m hoping for some more 3k days!

The last sentence I wrote was a character telling me something I did not, in fact, know:

She was his older sister, you know.

11403 / 50000 words. 23% done!

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